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Marcia Ann Strassman

(1948-04-28)April 28, 1948
DiedOctober 24, 2014(2014-10-24) (aged 66)
OccupationActress, singer, television personality
Years active1963–2014
Known for Welcome Back, Kotter
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Robert Collector
(m. 1984;div. 1989)

Marcia Ann Strassman (April 28, 1948 – October 24, 2014) was an American actress and singer, best known for her roles as Nurse Margie Cutler on M*A*S*H , as Julie Kotter on Welcome Back, Kotter, and as Diane Szalinski in the film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989).

<i>M*A*S*H</i> (TV series) American TV series

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<i>Welcome Back, Kotter</i> Television series

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<i>Honey, I Shrunk the Kids</i> 1989 US science fiction film directed by Joe Johnston

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Life and career

Strassman was born in New York City and raised in Passaic, New Jersey. Among her earliest acting credits was an appearance in an episode of The Patty Duke Show . In 1963, at age 15, she succeeded Liza Minnelli in the role of Ethel Hofflinger in the Off-Broadway musical Best Foot Forward . [1]

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Passaic, New Jersey City in Passaic County, New Jersey, U.S.

Passaic is a city in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 69,781, maintaining its status as the 15th largest municipality in New Jersey with an increase of 1,920 residents (+2.8%) from the 2000 Census population of 67,861, which had in turn increased by 9,820 (+16.9%) from the 58,041 counted in the 1990 Census. Passaic is the tenth most densely populated municipality in the entire United States with 22,000+ people per square mile.

<i>The Patty Duke Show</i> television series

The Patty Duke Show is an American sitcom that ran on ABC from September 18, 1963 to April 27, 1966, with reruns airing through August 31. The show was created as a vehicle for rising star Patty Duke. 105 episodes were produced, 104 of them airing over three seasons. Most episodes were written by either Sidney Sheldon or William Asher, the show's creators.

In 1967, she became a recording artist for Uni Records. Her debut single, "The Flower Children", was a top-40 hit in many West Coast U.S. markets, hitting #4 in San Diego and #2 in San Francisco; the track also hit #3 in Vancouver, British Columbia (both at CKLG 730 AM and CFUN 1410 AM in July 1967). [2] However, the single failed to break out nationally in either country; the record stalled at #105 in the United States, and just sneaked into RPM's Top 100 for Canada, peaking at #95. [3]

Uni Records US record label operated by Universal City Records, Inc.

Uni Records was a record label owned by MCA Inc.. The brand, which long featured a distinctive UNi logo, was established in 1966 by MCA executive Ned Tanen and developed by music industry veteran Russ Regan. Notable artists on Uni included Strawberry Alarm Clock, the Foundations, Hugh Masekela, Brian Hyland, Desmond Dekker, Bill Cosby, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Dave and Ansil Collins, Fever Tree, Olivia Newton-John, Betty Everett, and the Factory. In 1967, Uni took over management of MCA's newly acquired Kapp Records. Uni also operated Revue Records, a soul music subsidiary, from about 1966 to 1970. In 1971 Uni was merged with Kapp and the co-owned American Decca Records, to form MCA Records. The Decca, Kapp, and Uni labels continued to be used for new releases for a short time, but in late 1972, new releases by their former artists began appearing on the MCA Records label; before long, their back catalogs were transferred to MCA as well. That year, Regan left MCA to revive 20th Century Records for 20th Century Fox.

Her follow-up release, "The Groovy World of Jack and Jill", charted in Denver, Colorado, but virtually nowhere else. [4] A third single, "Star Gazer" (1968) (produced by Kim Fowley), failed to chart anywhere and brought Strassman's brief recording career to a close. Returning to acting after a gap of a few years, she landed the recurring role of Nurse Margie Cutler in six early episodes of M*A*S*H .[ citation needed ]

Kim Fowley American musician

Kim Vincent Fowley was an American record producer, singer, songwriter and musician. He is best known for his role behind a string of novelty and cult pop rock singles in the 1960s, and for managing the Runaways in the 1970s. He has been described as "one of the most colorful characters in the annals of rock & roll," as well as "a shadowy cult figure well outside the margins of the mainstream."

She landed her best-known role as Julie Kotter, the wife of title character high school teacher Gabe Kotter (Gabriel "Gabe" Kaplan) on the ABC comedy series Welcome Back, Kotter in 1975. The series lasted four years. Strassman was told that co-star Kaplan wanted her off the series and she stated in an interview that working on the series made her "miserable". [5] Kaplan read the interview and realized series producer James Komack was separately telling the two actors they didn't like each other, and Kaplan informed Strassman that he actually wanted more balance between Kotter's work and home environments, which would afford Strassman the chance to do more on the series. Kaplan, a guest host on The Tonight Show that week, had Strassman on to tell the story as an interview guest; she recalled the incident decades later on a Biography Channel special about the history of Kotter. [6]

Gabe Kaplan American actor, comedian and poker player

Gabriel Weston Kaplan is an American comedian, actor, poker commentator, and professional poker player.

James Komack was an American television producer, director, writer and actor.

<i>The Tonight Show</i> American late-night talk show

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In the 1970s, Strassman appeared as a guest star on Time Express , The Rockford Files , The Love Boat and other primetime dramas. In 1980, she starred as Lenina Crowne in a television production of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World . She co-starred in the short-lived sitcom Good Time Harry that year. She guest-starred several times on Magnum, P.I. , first introduced in the episode "Heal Thyself", where she played Dr. Karen Harmon, a former nurse with whom the title character served in Vietnam. In 1982, she played Maria Giannin in the romantic comedy Soup for One . [7]

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<i>The Rockford Files</i> television series

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In 1989–90, she had a co-starring role on the 21 Jump Street spin-off, Booker , which starred Richard Grieco in the title role. She guest starred on the detective series Murder, She Wrote in 1996. Strassman had movie roles as the wife of Rick Moranis' scientist character in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) and Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992). In 1994, she reprised her role from those movies in the 3-D film spin-off Honey, I Shrunk the Audience! . She later went on to play Nancy Sterngood on the television series Tremors (2003).


In March 2007, Strassman was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer that had spread to her bones. She died of the disease at her home in Sherman Oaks, California, on October 24, 2014. She was 66 years old. She had a daughter, Elizabeth Collector (from her 1984 to 1989 marriage to Robert Collector). [8] [7] [9]



1969 Changes Kristine
1982 Soup for One Maria
1985 The Aviator Rose Stiller
1989 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Diane Szalinski
1991 Fast Getaway Lorraine
1991 And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird Sarah Carson
1992 Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Diane SzalinskiNominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1993 Another Stakeout Pam O'Hara
1994 Honey, I Shrunk the Audience! Diane SzalinskiShort film
1995Cops n Roberts
1996Earth Minus ZeroDebbie Heller
1996 Highlander: The Series Betsy Fields
2002Gale ForceKim Nelson
2003 The Movie Hero Blake's Mom
2003 Power Play Susan Breecher
2005 Reeker Rose Tuckey


1964–1965 The Patty Duke Show Adeline / Gladys / Model3 episodes
1967 Ironside Samantha DainEpisode: "The Man Who Believed"
1972Wednesday Night OutTelevision movie
1972–1973 M*A*S*H Nurse Margie Cutler6 episodes
1973 Love Story Episode: "Mirabelle's Summer"
1974 Police Story JacquelineEpisode: "The Ripper"
1974 Marcus Welby, M.D. Episode: "The Latch-Key Child"
1975Journey from DarknessNancyTelevision movie
1975–1979 Welcome Back, Kotter Julie Kotter94 episodes
1976 City of Angels Episode: "The Losers"
1976 Brenda Starr Kentucky SmithTelevision movie
1977The Love Boat IIPat McFarlandTelevision movie
1978 The Love Boat Stephanie LewisEpisode: "Last of the Stubings/Million Dollar Man/The Sisters"
1978 Fantasy Island Kay Penny / Katherine PatrinoEpisode: "The Funny Girl/Butch and Sundance"
1979 Time Express Sara MasonEpisode: "Rodeo/Cop"
1979 The Rockford Files Whitney Cox2-part episode
1980Once Upon a FamilyPam FergusonTelevision movie
1980 Brave New World Lenina DisneyTelevision movie
1980 Good Time Harry Carol Younger7 episodes
1981Likely Stories, Vol. 1Television movie
1982 Magnum, P.I. Dr. Karen HarmonEpisode: "Heal Thyself"
1983 At Ease Olivia TaylorEpisode: "Love Sick"
1984 E/R Dr. Eve Sheridan2 episodes
1985 Shadow Chasers Stella PenceEpisode: "Shadow Chasers: Part 1"
1987 Stingray Councilwoman Sondra DeckerEpisode: "Gemini"
1987 Amazing Stories Nel LewiseEpisode: "Such Interesting Neighbors"
1987Haunted by Her PastRita KamenTelevision movie
1987 I Married Dora NinaEpisode: "A Matter of Moulding"
1988 ABC Afterschool Specials Mary WatsonEpisode: "Daddy Can't Read"
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse ElaineEpisode: "Tickets, Please"
1989 TV 101 Mrs. Myers3 episodes
1989 Miss Teen USA 1989 Co-host
1989–1990 Booker Alicia Rudd22 episodes
1992MastergateMerry ChaseTelevision movie
1992 Civil Wars Marcia KelloggEpisode: "A Bus Named Desire"
1994 Phenom CatherineEpisode: "Men Are Dogs"
1995Family Reunion: A Relative NightmareMargaret McKennaTelevision movie
1995 Touched by an Angel Lisa PatcherikEpisode: "Interview with an Angel"
1995 Charlie Grace Andrea FarrellEpisode: "Bring Me the Head of Darnell Sims"
1995–1997 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Hairyette / Harryette / Weatherperson5 episodes
1996 Murder, She Wrote Terri Garman HolbertEpisode: "The Dark Side of the Door"
1996The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul PlayDr. Trish GeorgeTelevision movie
1996 Highlander Betsy FieldsEpisode: "Glory Days"
1997 L.A. Heat MarthaEpisode: Rap Sheet"
1997 Tracey Takes On... Mallory BlairEpisode: "Politics"
1997 Rugrats Miss ApplebyEpisode: "Dust Bunnies/Educating Angelica"
1997 Baywatch Rena Jaffe, Jordan's MotherEpisode: "Out of the Blue"
1999 Odd Man Out Wendy FlemmingEpisode: "Batman Forever"
2000 Noah Knows Best Martine Beznick13 episodes
2001–2002 Providence Meredith8 episodes
2003 Tremors Nancy Sterngood13 episodes
2004 Third Watch Sergeant Laura Wynn4 episodes
2006 Twenty Good Years MackenzieEpisode: "The Crying Game"
2014Looking for Mr. RightOpalTelevision movie


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